Kitchen Table

The kitchen table is where we chop vegetables, knead dough, do homework, pause for a cup and a bite, or share supper with friends. It is the place where ideas take root and blossom.
Coming up next

Celebrating 40 years: Memories and Visions of the Oxford Food Symposium

Thursday 24th June 18:00-19:30 BST

This will be a very special Kitchen Table for all Symposiasts, old and new. We’ll hear the memories and stories of our 40 year long journey, from the very first visionary gatherings at St Antony’s to last year’s spaceship that was the VSymp. Share your own reminiscences!

Because it is through learning from the past that together we’re able to face the future with all its challenges, constantly changing the conversation, always listening to new voices, and expanding the table.

In celebration of our anniversary and as a gesture of gratitude for all the help and encouragement along the way, this gathering will be free for all, though for technical reasons you’ll still need to register. See you soon, with candles lit on the cake and corks plopping, to get in the mood of “Food & Imagination” at July’s Symposium.

Our Mission

Together at the Table

The idea for monthly gatherings on a regular basis orginated at the 2020 VSymp, when a necessity became a vision and then a virtual reality, allowing us to come together, discuss and share, learn and laugh – almost like in Oxford, at St Catz. That exceptional experience made us understand how important it is to create and safeguard an accessible online space where our community can meet and grow, independent from any commercial or political interests, travel restraints or health scares.

For everyone with a deep interest in food who feels the need to change the conversation, the Oxford Food Symposium’s Kitchen Table presents single subject, hosted discussions, with all voices respected. Unlike the distance that comes with a keynote delivered from a lectern, these are informal, personal encounters around a table, to share ideas and spark constructive debate on issues that profoundly affect us all. So pull up a chair and join us!